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Located near the Presidio Visitor Center, this location features Community Snapshots showcasing exploration and adventure, as well as Visual Story winner Marissa Leshnov.
The Oakland OMies are a community of Black women who promote wellness, mindfulness, and healing through yoga. They came together shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic, and kept in community with each other during the height of shelter-in-place orders by meeting at parks throughout the Bay Area.
The parks therefore became both a backdrop for and catalyst to expanding access to yoga at a time when the devastating impacts of the pandemic and lack of accountability for police violence created compounding traumas for Black people across the country.
The parks continue to be a place of refuge, where one’s sense of community and sense of wonder may find renewal.